Resources for Parents
PPS Middle School Magnet Program
Resources for students and families applying to the Pittsburgh Public School Magnet Program, incoming grades 6-8.
Please click on the links below to find information on each topic. For more resources, please ask a librarian.
- How to Write an Essay
- Literary Arts
- Dance, Instrumental Music and Vocal Music
- Science and Technology
- Theater: Drama and Technical
- Visual Arts
More free library resources:
- Book a Librarian - Personal help with finding books, audition materials, how-to information, and more. (Not for proofreading.)
- Tutor.com – live, one-to-one online help with essay writing, including proofreading. Available daily 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Learn how to use rhymes and songs to incorporate fun early learning experiences into your child's day.
6 Early Learning Skills
Learn about the six early learning skills your child needs for school success.
When young children are experiencing difficulties in their daily lives, reading about characters with similar problems can help them cope.
eCLP for Kids
Click here to find a variety of e-resources for kids, from eBooks to reading suggestions to homework help.
Ele, which stands for Early Learning Environment, was created by the Fred Rogers Center. It's a place for parents, caretakers and educators of young children to find and share digital resources to support early learning and development in children from birth to age 5.
Ready Freddy, a program created by the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh, helps parents and kids prepare for kindergarten.
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children's Early Learning GPS can provide support to young children and their families. GPS stands for Guiding Parents Smoothly -- helping families set the right course for their children's success in kindergarten and beyond.
Spark: The Kids+Creativity Network
Spark is a network of people, projects and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region that are creating learning opportunities using technology, media and the arts.
Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh
Dedicated to reducing the literacy gap by providing children with access to books that motivate children to develop a life long love of reading.
The ABC's of Child Development
Developmental milestones from PBS for your child's first five years in physical, social & emotional development and in thinking and communication skills.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Child Development
An online source with tools to promote health, prevent disease, and become prepared for new health concerns.
A parenting site provided by American Academy of Pediatrics dedicated to providing general health information & guidance on various issues such as, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
PNC Grow Up Great
Founded by The PNC Financial Services Group, the site provides tips for parents to help prepare your child, ages birth to 5, for school readiness.
Zero to Three
Information for parents to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
Child Care & Early Education
Child Care and Early Learning
Resources from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Early Learning Programs & Providers Search
Search for early learning programs at the Compass site from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children
Promotes the importance of providing young children in Pennsylvania with access to quality early learning programs.
The site of the Pittsburgh Public Schools with information for parents regarding information about the district, early childhood & elementary education.
It is important for parents to guide their children's Internet use the same way they supervise their children's reading and television watching.